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shawnee4885
Copper

Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

I know that they make various modular bays for laptops to replace the optical drives with hard drives or solid state drives... but I wanted to know if this was possible with the XPS 15z, since it is so thin and is a slot-load drive.  Can anyone link to a specific modular bay that would work?

 

Thank you!

Shawn

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ejn63
Diamond

Re: Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

There isn't one for this model - not yet anyway.  It's brand new and no doubt, no one has had time to make one (and Dell doesn't offer one).

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shawnee4885
Copper

Re: Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

Do they usually come out with one for most laptops... even with slot-loading drives?

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ejn63
Diamond

Re: Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

My guess would be, not until there's a critical mass of systems on the market.  This model will likely be a challenge for anyone to design and implement such a device.

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shawnee4885
Copper

Re: Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

Is it possible to open it up and see how the slot load drive is fitting in there?  It's possible that just a generic one will fit in, but I'm really not sure.

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ejn63
Diamond

Re: Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

You can try that, but anything that happens likely will not be covered by the warranty, if that's a consideration.

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petpap
Copper

Re: Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

I think the warranty will still be valid. After all - you are simply attaching a SATA device into a SATA connector.

 

I tried it. Here is how I did it and how it went.

1. I removed the DVD drive

2. I inserted a SATA cable from the connector where the DVD drive was to the hard drive (both are SATA)

3. The power connector is not the same for the DVD drive as for the hard drive (the dvd drive has a slimline version of it). But an adapter fixed that easily (it's just two cables, one is 5V, the other one is Ground).

 

But, when starting up, Windows would not complete the startup sequence. I could not go around it. What was even more frustrating is that at one point I could browse for a file while trying to fix the problem, and I could browse through the files on my HDD. But still, Windows 7 didn't pass the startup sequence.

Also, in the boot, it still says CD/DVD Drive, although a HDD is connected there.

 

I had to remove the HDD, but still Windows wouldn't start completely.

 

After a reinstall, I tried to simply remove the DVD drive only. Windows 7 could not start after that. So that is the problem.....

I simply had to put the DVD drive back and everything works, but my idea of having one SSD and one HDD is crushed at the moment. I hope someone will figure this out someday.

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soccer97
Copper

Re: Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

Check out the following. I haven't used it myself because I don't yet own a 15z but I plan on buying one will plan to replace the optical drive with a hard drive.

www.newmodeus.com/.../index.php

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donnie_au
Bronze

Re: Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

Has anyone had any luck on this so far. I am also tempted.

Petpap: Did the BIOS recognise the second SSD drive? Which SSD drive did you use? I'm just wondering if the BIOS was too old to recognise the new controller on the SSD drive.

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petpap
Copper

Re: Replace XPS 15z optical drive with a HDD/SSD?

hmm... I don't remember for certain, but I don't think that the BIOS recognized my SSD-disk when connected to the DVD-SATA-port. But I use my SSD disk instead of the ordinary HDD and that works very well - my XPS15z is really really silent.....still it would have been nice to have an extra disk drive instead of the DVD drivewhich I never use....

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